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Percunia Ante Homines

A delicious word

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I am sometimes envious of those who have synesthesia, to be more accurate Lexical-gustatory synesthesia. That is until I found out the limited set of tastes available to those who are wired this way. I say this because language is so rich that wonderous that food is the only equivalent I can conceive of.  Take the word marginalia. Blessed as one of the subset plurale tantum (words that are always plural) this is a word that describes the those notations one makes in the margins. Now why is it necessary to have a word for such things? It is not simply the ability to be terse, but also the tonality of the words. It tastes like a Sauvignon Blanc, not very complex but a pleasure to consume.

There are other thins to praise about this word. If you have ever bought a used textbook and have been privledged enough to find the back of the book filled with answers, comments, and corrections that are nice and accurate.

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Written by weso

January 7, 2010 at 10:19

Posted in Words

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